Utah illegal-immigrant population may be declining
Pew study says recession has slowed migration
Perlich said illegal immigrants from Asia and Africa also tend to stay put because of the high cost of transportation back to their home countries.
The study said that in 2009 about 60 percent of the nation's illegal immigrants came from Mexico, or 6.7 million people. Other Latin American countries accounted for 20 percent, or 2.2 million people. Asia accounted for 11 percent, or 1.2 million people.
The report also says 5.1 million children lived in households nationally in 2009 where at least one parent is an illegal immigrant. Of those children, 4 million were born in the United States and therefore are U.S. citizens. The other 1.1 million were born abroad and are also illegal immigrants.
The population of children with illegal-immigrant parents was 42 percent larger in 2009 than it was in 2000.
The Pew study made its estimates by subtracting the number of citizens and legal immigrants from the overall foreign-born U.S. population estimated annually by the U.S. Census. It assumes the residual are illegal immigrants.
The study is available online at pewhispanic.org.
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